Victorian London - Clothing - bare arms in 1879/1880

A DANGEROUS RIVAL

    Fashionable Wife. "GOOD HEAVENS, GEORGE! YOU ARE NOT GOING OUT TO DINNER LIKE THAT!?"
   Athletic Husband. "JUST AIN'T I THOUGH! LOOK HERE, MARIA, I'LL GRANT YOU YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS, AND YOUR PRETTY FACE; BUT I THINK I BEAT YOU IN THE MATTER OF ARMS - AND IF SO, WHY SHOULDN'T I SHOW AS MUCH OF THEM AS YOU DO?"

Punch, August 16, 1879


THE NEW SLEEVE

Granny (from the Country). "BUT WHY DO THEY ALL SHOW THE TOPS OF THEIR ARMS IN THAT RIDICULOUS MANNER?"
Facetious Youth. "THE FACT IS, GRANDMA, THEY'RE ALL GOING TO BE VACCINATED AFTER SUPPER!"

Punch, May 8, 1880